Franciacorta: Expert's Choice

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It's not Prosecco and it's not Champagne, but it is worth seeking out, says Jane Parkinson, who reveals the long hidden merits of this Italian sparkling wine with her top 18 Franciacorta recommendations...
Franciacorta, Monte Rossa Cabochon Brut 2005
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Monte Rossa, Cabochon Brut 2005

Monte Rossa, Cabochon Brut 2005
18.5/20pts (95/100pts)
The serious side of franciacorta, this is full of toasted nuts, caramel and butter with nut brittle on the nose and palate. Youthful energy and bubbles but with toasty depth for flavour.
Price: £51 Vini Italiani
Drink 2014–2016
Alc 12.5%